What time does the F1 race start today, what TV channel is it on and how has it been affected by Typhoon Hagibis?

What is it?

The 2019 Japanese Grand Prix, the 17th race of the 2019 Formula One season. 

When is it?

Due to the threat of severe weather from Typhoon Hagibis, all of Saturday’s running has been cancelled, so qualifying and the race will take place on Sunday October 13. 

What time does it start?

The rescheduled program has qualifying starting at the eye-wateringly early 2am BST on Sunday (today), but the race will begin, as scheduled, at 6.10am BST. 

Why was Saturday’s running cancelled?​

Because of the severe weather that was due to hit the Japanese mainland with Typhoon Hagibis.

A statement released on Friday morning read: “As a result of the predicted impact of Typhoon Hagibis on the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix 2019, Mobilityland and the Japanese Automobile Federation (JAF) have decided to cancel all activities scheduled to take place on Saturday, 12 October.” 

“The FIA and Formula 1 support this decision in the interest of safety for the spectators, competitors and everyone at the Suzuka Circuit.” The circuit will be closed to teams, spectators and the media. 

What TV channel is it on?

Sky Sports F1 have exclusive coverage rights in the UK this year and indeed for the next few. Sky’s full race coverage begins at 4.30am BST on Sunday.